Publication Date: Sept. 2019
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?
I really wanted to read this book in autumn 2019 when it came out, and then I missed reading it again in autumn 2020 because my library was closed for the pandemic, and I dislike reading ebooks of graphic novels. I love pumpkin patches and corn mazes and had this idea that the book would be a perfect autumnal read that would make me feel as if I were visiting one, even if I couldn’t get to one in person. Well, I read the book in summer 2021, and it turns out the fall vibes are so strong that I felt very pumpkin-patchy even with the hot summer sun shining down on me!
And the fun of the book is that it depicts THE ultimate pumpkin patch. This pumpkin patch has everything: pumpkin slings, pumpkin ice cream, fudge, succotash, kettle corn, hay rides, a corn mazes, candy apples, a smores pit, and a dozen other things I’m forgetting. The protagonists visit them all as they go on a quest to locate another employee/just have fun on their own last night employed at the patch. I would love to visit this place if such an epic pumpkin patch existed near me.
Besides the fact that the book allowed me to live a little autumn day dream, though, I don’t have much to say about it. Technically there’s a bit of plot: the two characters running around looking for another employee that one of them has been crushing on, so he can confess his love. I don’t think that part was particularly interesting or even the point, though; it’s just so there’s some kind of framework for the book.
However, I liked it for what it was. I didn’t expect much in the way of storytelling, just autumn atmosphere, and that’s exactly what I got. I could see myself rereading this each autumn just for the fun of it, too.